Thursday, May 6, 2010

O's Swept by Yankees: MacPhail Puts Team on Notice...

Once again, the Orioles lost to the Yankees, 7-5, and were swept in the Bronx. Again, the Orioles suffered from a lack of clutch hitting, poor defense and a crappy pitching by young David Hernandez.

At 7-21, the Orioles are by far the worst team in baseball and record-wise even worse than they were last year.

The Yankees sent Hernandez to the dugout early as he barely lasted over three innings and gave up six runs in his outing. He’d take the loss.

Meanwhile, Andy Pettitte continued his dominance over Baltimore, as he gave up only a run in five innings of work. However, he left the game early due to injury.

Down 6-1 in the ninth inning and on their way to yet another loss, the Oriole bats rallied, but could not complete the comeback. Ty Wigginton hit a two run homer in the eighth, and both Matt Wieters plus Nolan Reimold had back-to-back solo homers in the ninth.

At this point in the 2010 season, I don’t know what to say anymore.

It’s clearly evident that the problems with the Orioles can be mostly attributed to the severe lack of offense. For the most part, the starting pitching has done its job in the past few weeks and the bullpen has been a lot better.

When you’ve got Adam Jones, Luke Scott, Nolan Reimold, Lou Montanez, Julio Lugo all hitting below .230, you’ve got issues aside from Roberts and Pie on the shelf with injuries.

Yesterday before the game, Andy MacPhail in a subtle, but obvious way noted that that hitters have to do better, or he’ll have to start making alternate plans.

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